Alexander Technique and the Learning Cycle

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Michael Beinhauer Reflective Learning Research Paper Mind and Body Unity: Using the Alexander Technique and Mindfulness Meditation to Open yourself to Learning The mind and body are extremely intertwined. If the body is experiencing stress, the mind cannot function properly, and conversely, if the mind is experiencing stress, the body reacts. This relationship makes it essential to cultivate the body and mind in tandem. In order for the learning cycle to be as productive and efficient as possible, a person must learn to cultivate mindfulness to allow for reflection. I have used a combination of the Alexander Technique and Mindfulness Meditation to cultivate my mind and body as an aide for learning and studying, as well as stress relief. In order to understand the way these influence the learning cycle, we must first understand what these methods are. According to the official Alexander Technique website, the Alexander technique is defined as: “a method that works to change (movement) habits in our everyday activities. It is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination. The technique teaches the use of the appropriate amount of effort for a particular activity, giving you more energy for all your activities. It is not a series of treatments or exercises, but rather a reeducation of the mind and body. The Alexander Technique is a method which helps a person discover a new balance in the body by releasing unnecessary tension. It can be applied to sitting, lying down, standing, walking, lifting, and other daily activities." Some Alexander technicians refer to the technique as a process of unlearning bad habits, a mind body reeducation technique. This is because observation of the coordination of babies shows an absence of the bad habits learned over time. This technique was pioneered by
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